Minority schools denying admission to relevant communities under scanner

Come forward and file complaints: Education department to parents.

Written by Express News Service | Published: April 25, 2013 2:39 am

The Education department has asked parents of minority communities,whose children were denied admission to the respective minority schools,to come forward and submit complaints. The move comes after complaints were filed by parents of two children who were denied admission by a school in the city.

KD Bhujbal,extension officer,ZP education board,said,“We appeal to minorities that even if a single eligible student has been rejected admission by any minority status school,they may raise the issue with the district education department.”

Advocate Jatin Adhav and Harold Massey alleged that several renowned minority schools have denied admission without valid reason.

“We have lodged a complaint with the district education officer. There were two government resolutions passed in July 2008 and May 2012 that say minority schools must admit students from minority communities. However,several schools in the city are violating norms,” said Advocate Adhav.

The Government Resolution dated 4th July 2008 and 19th May 2012 state,“A minority institution having minority status cannot reject any eligible minority students admission in their school,and even a single complaint received by the government or education department in this regard is sufficient to revoke minority status of the school.”

“Minority Institutions are established for the benefit of minority communities and hence get special benefits. However,these institutions after getting Minority Status certificates do not pass the benefits on to the beneficiaries and instead use it as a tool to bypass certain government laws for the benefit of their management,” said Adhav.

“We will also be visiting different churches at Pune and educate people regarding the government notification and rules for admission to minority institutions,” Massey added.

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